What should everyone know about football

You can impress your crush with this soccer knowledge!

You can impress your crush with this soccer knowledge!

The 2018 World Cup is just around the corner and you still have no idea about football? Then refresh your basic knowledge with our 10 facts and impress your crush!

Maybe you already have an appointment for a public viewing and don't know what is offside? Or who is actually playing against whom? No problem: if you know these things, you can definitely have a say!

1. The squad

A squad is the solid base of the team members.As a rule, a squad has 18 players nominated for a game. Of these, eleven players are in the starting line-up (ten field players plus goalkeeper) and mostly seven players on the substitutes' bench. Of these seven substitute players, a total of three players can be used by substitution and substitution during the course of the game.

2. The playing time

A game normally lasts 90 minutes, which is divided into two halves of 45 minutes each. The half-time break lasts a quarter of an hour. Due to delays, there can always be stoppage times of a few minutes per half. A game only goes into overtime if it absolutely has to be a winner. So in the final rounds of tournaments, so after the group stage. If no winner has been determined after a maximum of two extensions of 15 minutes each, the penalty shoot-out takes place.

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3. Offside

The basic rule of offside is not that complicated: A player is offside if heis closer to the opposing goal when his team-mate passes than the last opposing field player (the goalkeeper is outside). It becomes more difficult with the offside rule when the player is on the same level as the penultimate opponent because it is a matter of centimeters. This makes the assistant referees' job on the sideline especially difficult because they have to keep an eye on both the player passing the pass and the player who is supposed to get the ball.

4. Who is standing on and next to the square?

In addition to the referee there are on the two sidelines two so-called referee assistantswho decide if a player is offside, if there is a corner, and, and, and. The coaches and assistant coaches are also allowed to stand on the sidelines, as well as the players who are warming up for the substitution. In addition, the team doctors are always close to the field of play, and they come directly to action if a player is injured.

5. The German team

Incidentally, these players are on the field for the German team:

6. German football history

Germany was already four times world champion and therefore also has four stars on the jersey:

  • 1954 in Switzerland

  • 1974 in Germany

  • 1990 in Italy

  • 2014 in Brazil

7. The World Championship game system

A total of 32 teams from all over the world take part in the soccer world championship 2018. They are divided into eight groups: Group A to Group H. 16 of them (each of the group first and second) make it to the round of 16, eight to the quarter-finals, four to the semi-finals and two fight for the 2018 world championship title in the final.

8. The game plan

By the way, Germany is in Group F. On June 17th, Joachim Löw's team will play their first group game against Mexico at 5 p.m.. Then the game will be played against Sweden on June 23 at 8 p.m. and the last game in the group stage will be against South Korea on June 27 at 4 p.m. The final will take place on July 15th at 5 p.m.

9. The venue

The World Cup takes place in Russia this year. The games will be played in twelve different cities and stadiums.

10. The innovation

The first time in history there is at this year's World Cup the so-called video evidence: A "Video Assistant Referee" (VAR) will sit in front of the screen - together with three other assistants - and intervene if wrong decisions are made in the following situations:

  • Goals and incidents that lead to a goal

  • Penalty decisions and incidents that precede them

  • Incidents that result in a red card

  • Player mix-ups for personal penalties

Phew, that's not that little, is it? But if you can memorize some of these things, you may understand the game better and be able to get actively involved. So you not only impress the boys, but also have more fun at the public viewing yourself!